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Durham University

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Publication details for Dr Mike Adcock

Adcock, M. D. (2007). Intellectual property, genetically modified crops and bioethics. Biotechnology Journal 2(9): 1088-1092.

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Abstract

The implementation of a new technology is almost always surrounded by a debate on the moral and social implications that may arise. The debate with regard to genetically modified (GM) crops has been one of the longest and most controversial. However, one area of the debate that receives less attention is the role that intellectual property can play. The introduction of an effective and yet appropriate intellectual property system addressing society's particular needs can eliminate some of these issues. This paper looks at whether the situation in Europe is meeting our current needs and also addresses the role intellectual property can play in the debate over the introduction of GM crops in developing countries.